Tech CEOS Visit White House to Talk Modernizing Government

The event was hosted by the White House Office of American Innovation and the American Technology Council, which is led by Kushner.

U.S. President Donald Trump participates in an American Technology Council roundtable, accompanied by Tim Cook, CEO of Apple (L) and Satya Nadella CEO of Microsoft Corporation at the White House in Washington, U.S., June 19, 2017.

He said the administration was scrapping unneeded cyber compliance rules and should be able to consolidate and eliminate the vast majority of the government's 6,100 data centers and move to a cloud-based storage system.

"We're working very diligently with everybody, including Congress, on immigration so that you can get the people you want in your companies", the president said.

In May, Trump created an American Technology Council, his latest effort since taking office to modernize the USA government. IBM was prominent last week during the White House's push for apprenticeships.

In May, Trump asked lawmakers to cut $3.6 trillion in government spending over the next decade, taking aim at healthcare and food assistance programs for the poor in a budget that also boosted spending on defense.

Jared Kushner, senior adviser and son-in-law to President Donald Trump, will oversee the event with Chris Liddell, a White House aide who directs the technology effort. Intel unveiled plans at the Oval Office in February to invest more than $7 billion in an Arizona factory, a move that Trump portrayed as a win for USA workers.

More than a dozen Trump administration officials including Vice President Mike Pence, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Kushner and Liddell will hold group sessions with the chief executives before they jointly meet with Trump. It seeks to overhaul government functions using ideas from the business sector.

President Trump's son-in-law delivered remarks on camera at a summit that brought leaders in the tech industry to the White House on Monday. In 2015, hackers exposed the personal information of 22 million people from US government databases.

Kushner kicked off the White House "Technology Week" as part of the administration's ongoing efforts to make progress on campaign promises.

The White House thinks it can take lessons from credit card companies in significantly reducing fraud.

Several tech firm executives disagreed with the President's decision to withdraw the USA from the Paris Agreement on climate change, including Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk who resigned from White House advisory councils.

  • Zachary Reyes